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Saturday, 5 May 2012

WW2 Eggless Sponge


Do you like historical cookery? Are you allergic to eggs? Are you fresh out of them? 

Do you fail, like me, to crack an egg into anything without the addition of shell?

Or do you just like cake full stop?

If so - then read on....


I have graced the blog before with my WW2 cookingness -  and my Carrot Scones are now a firm staple at Land Girl Heights. Just like those, this recipe comes from my beloved Victory Cookbook by Marguerite Patten.

I tend to double this recipe and bake it in a big springform tin. It it quite a claggy cake, and can be a little crumbly due to the lack of binding egg. But it sure is good!

Here is the method....



Cream together the butter & sugar...


Avoid licking the spoon. I fail at this...


Add in the Golden Syrup and mix in...


Add in some of the milk...


And some of the sifted flour & baking powder mixture. 
You can also use plain flour with 5 teaspoons of powder.


Fold into the butter-syrup mix. You are aiming to get air into the mix, so fold and fold again...


It should look something like this once it is done...


Grease and line the bottom of your tin. You can split the mix between 2 smaller pans to make a sandwich sponge, or you can put it in a loaf tin.


Pour in the mixture and spread it out evenly..


Shove spoon in mouth. Polish off remaining mixture in the bowl. Feel a bit sick. 
This step is optional.


Bake in oven for about 35 -40 mins, at about 180°C / 350°F / GM4 


Leave to cool, turn out, have a cheeky slice....


Or slab.

This cake reminds me of the sort of thing served at school. Usually with lashings of custard, that hinted at being chocolate flavoured.

It keeps for up to a week (not that it ever lasts that long at mine) and can be frozen. It also works well as fairy cakes and with flavouring or colour added. If you wanted to make a chocolate sponge, then you could substitute some of the flour for drinking chocolate.

Enjoy!



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